U.S. Auto Sales Brand-By-Brand Results: November 2016 YTD

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain

U.S. sales of new vehicles, year-over-year, declined in three consecutive months between August and October 2016.

Forecasters expected November 2016 to be a much brighter month thanks to buoyant incentives, a lack of post-election economic turmoil, and a lengthier sales month. Indeed, auto sales rose by nearly 4 percent thanks in no small part to big gains at General Motors, America’s highest-volume manufacturer of automobiles.

Hyundai-Kia, including the new Genesis luxury brand, jumped 9 percent, an increase of nearly 10,000 sales compared with November 2015. Toyota Motor Corp., American Honda, Nissan/Infiniti, and the Ford Motor Company all produced meaningful gains, as well.

Among volume brands, Volkswagen’s 24-percent leap forward was most notable. Compared with the results reported by Volkswagen one year ago, in the immediate aftermath of the diesel emissions scandal, this looks like a positive step forward. But keep in mind, compared with November 2014, Volkswagen sales last month were down by more than 6 percent.

Kia, GMC, Ram, and Subaru also reported double-digit percentage increases.

The sharp downturn at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continued in November as Ram became the only FCA brand to sell more new vehicles this November than during the same period one year ago. Even Jeep, up 12 percent through 2016’s first three-quarters, was down 12 percent in October. Chrysler’s 47-percent slide was the most obvious of the major losses. BMW and Mini combined for a 16-percent decline.

The Ford F-Series was America’s best-selling vehicle line in November. The Toyota Corolla barely nudged the Toyota Camry out of top spot among cars with help from the former Scion iM. The Toyota RAV4 was the top-selling utility vehicle.

Auto BrandNovember 2016November 2015% Change2016 YTD2015 YTD% ChangeAcura 11,61612,244-5.1%144,212160,342-10.1%Alfa Romeo2334-32.4%464603-23.1%Audi 17,11816,7002.5%187,018181,8032.9%BMW 26,18932,003-18.2%280,339311,398-10.0%Buick 18,53015,96016.1%208,343202,3473.0%Cadillac 15,32613,39014.5%148,560154,480-3.8%Chevrolet 169,675156,9078.1%1,883,5511,936,553-2.7%Chrysler 14,51827,275 -46.8%215,196293,369-26.6%Dodge 34,07542,955-20.7%470,529481,084-2.2%Fiat 2,4152,826 -14.5%30,136 37,303-19.2%Ford187,012 178,9714.5%2,262,4932,275,109-0.6%Genesis 1,306——5,215——GMC 49,11343,03914.1%483,213498,756-3.1%Honda 111,308103,1977.9%1,333,2531,275,3164.5%Hyundai 61,20160,0072.0%707,485698,2021.3%Infiniti 12,11211,6943.6%120,095118,4051.4%Jaguar 3,3811,065217%26,94913,269103%Jeep 67,28576,689 -12.3%843,217784,0407.5%Kia 52,50445,553 15.3%593,245571,5773.8%Land Rover 5,6596,539-13.5%65,58262,1415.5%Lexus 29,05029,340-1.0%290,046303,221-4.3%Lincoln 9,4297,91819.1%98,93390,3679.5%Maserati 1,3801,08427.3%10,83810,6252.0%Mazda 22,04122,732-3.0%269,019 289,889-7.2%Mercedes-Benz ° 30,36330,043 1.1% 308,226 308,885 -0.2% Mercedes-Benz Vans °2,564 2,770 -7.4% 30,444 25,843 17.8% Total Mercedes-Benz ° 32,92732,8130.3%338,670334,7281.2%Mini 4,5074,4441.4%47,37253,505-11.5%Mitsubishi 6,8966,7721.8%88,88487,4551.6%Nissan 103,02495,3898.0%1,291,5851,227,2135.2%Porsche 5,5134,45023.9%50,26547,8205.1%Ram 42,511 37,95212.0%492,254442,55411.2%Smart 563662-15.0%5,0256,815-26.3%Subaru 51,30846,07011.4%551,955526,4014.9%Scion ° 170 1,702 -90.0% 11,925 31,086 -61.6% Toyota ° 168,425 158,475 6.3% 1,904,388 1,926,660 -1.2% Toyota 168,595160,1775.3%1,916,3131,957,746-2.1%Volkswagen 29,67223,88224.2%285,719318,484-10.3%Volvo 7,7236,90211.9%72,59560,70519.6%————— ——BMW-Mini 30,69636,447-15.8%327,711364,903-10.2%Fiat Chrysler Automobiles160,827187,731-14.3%2,051,796 2,038,9530.6%DaimlerAG33,49033,4750.0% 343,695341,5430.6%Ford Motor Co.196,441 186,8895.1%2,361,426 2,365,476-0.2%General Motors 252,644229,29610.2%2,723,6672,792,136-2.5%Honda Motor Co.122,924115,4416.5%1,477,465 1,435,6582.9%Hyundai-Kia 115,011 105,5609.0%1,305,9451,269,7792.8%Jaguar-Land Rover 9,0407,60418.9%92,531 75,41022.7%Nissan Motor Co. 115,136107,0837.5%1,411,6801,345,6184.9%Toyota Motor Corp. 197,645189,5174.3%2,206,359 2,260,967-2.4%Volkswagen Group *52,69045,220 16.5%525,176550,212-4.6%———————Industry Total1,378,635 1,330,460 3.6% 15,850,640 15,844,222 0.04%

Source: Manufacturers

[Image Source: Subaru]

* Volkswagen Group includes sales figures for Audi, Bentley, Porsche, and Volkswagen brands

° Mercedes-Benz USA releases sales figures for the Mercedes-Benz brand in the conventional sense, vans excluded, as well as totals for the Metris and Sprinter vans. The complete picture is included here.

° Scion’s sales figures are now folded in to Toyota’s, but the Scion brand here includes sales of outgoing Scions as well as Scions that are becoming Toyotas. We have included the complete picture for clarity’s sake.

** Industry total takes into account Automotive News figures/estimates for brands such as Tesla (2,250 November units) and other low-volume, high-priced manufacturers.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Dec 02, 2016

    Camaro just had its worst month in *2* years, and still has 5 months of inventory on-hand. So much for the ballyhoo about October's sales. GM, when will you take a 3-month break from building Camaros? Meanwhile, Mustang has just 1.5 months of inventory, meaning Ford is well-prepared for the slow winter months.

  • Jthorner Jthorner on Dec 05, 2016

    Can we start a Mazda death watch? How do they stay in the market selling volumes less than 20% of what the Japanese majors do?

  • Kosmo Love it. Can I get one with something other than Subaru's flat four?
  • M B When the NorthStar happened, it was a part of GM's "rebuilding" of the Cadillac brand. Money to finance it was shuffled from Oldsmobile, which resulted in Olds having to only facelift its products, which BEGAN its slide down the mountain. Olds stagnated in product and appearances.First time I looked at the GM Parts illustration of a NorthStar V-8, I was impressed AND immediately saw the many things that were expensive, costly to produce, and could have been done less expensively. I saw it as an expensive disaster getting ready to happen. Way too much over-kill for the typical Cadillac owner of the time.Even so, there were a few areas where cost-cutting seemed to exist. The production gasket/seal between the main bearing plate and the block was not substantial enough to prevent seeps. At the time, about $1500.00 to fix.In many ways, the NS engine was designed to make far more power than it did. I ran across an article on a man who was building kits to put the NS in Chevy S-10 pickups. With his home-built 4bbl intake and a 600cfm Holley 4bbl, suddenly . . . 400 horsepower resulted. Seems the low hood line resulted in manifolding compromises which decreased the production power levels.GM was seeking to out-do its foreign competitors with the NS design and execution. In many ways they did, just that FEW people noticed.
  • Redapple2 Do Hybrids and be done with it.
  • Redapple2 Panamera = road porn.
  • Akear What an absurd strategy. They are basically giving up after all these years. When a company drinks the EV hemlock failure is just around the corner.